No vote on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission

No vote on the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary at the International Whaling Commission Introduction The establishment of a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary (SAWS) was once again an agenda item for the International Whaling Commission (IWC) during its 68th meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia. This time, it was the governments of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay aiming to …

The International Whaling Commission prepares for global emergencies by amending voting rights

The International Whaling Commission prepares for global emergencies by amending voting rights (Disclaimer: A more detailed analysis of regime effectiveness and voting rights will appear in the December-issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest) Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has forced international environmental governance into a standstill. Only in 2022, the first in-person meetings have convened …

A small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling

A small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling For the purposes of a chapter on the cultural role of whales, we are starting a small, two-minute survey on whales and whaling. The chapter will be included in the book Japan's Withdrawal from International Whaling Regulation: Implications for Global Environmental Diplomacy, edited by Dr Nikolas Sellheim …

The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right

The UN recognises the right to a clean environment as a human right (Disclaimer: A more in-depth analysis of the resolution will appear in the forthcoming September issue of The Conservation & Livelihoods Digest). During its 76th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has recognised the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment …

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities?

A reform of CITES: Integrating the voices of indigenous peoples and local communities? CITES listings, indigenous peoples and local communities In a contribution to the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Cooney et al. (2021) argue for the consideration of socio-economic factors when Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild …

Iceland to phase out whaling. What does this mean for the International Whaling Commission?

Introduction On 4 February 2022, Icelandic Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, of the Left Green Party announced that she would not renew Icelandic quotas for minke whales and fin whales beyond 2024. Along with Norway, Iceland is the only remaining member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that has been engaging in commercial …

New peer-reviewed article published open access

Mine and Otava Ojanperä's peer-reviewed article "Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies" has been published open access in Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL). Please click here to read the whole piece or click here to read a summary.

Our new study shows lack of recognition of indigenous youth in international conservation law

Introduction In a forthcoming peer-reviewed study in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL) entitled “Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies”, myself and Otava Ojanperä (University of Helsinki) examine five agreements and in how far they consider indigenous youth as legitimate stakeholders. The study was carried out under the …